October 23, 2009 — Coral Gables — Almost 3,000 alumni from around the country will travel back to South Florida to join current students, faculty, and community members to celebrate the University of Miami’s Homecoming 2009 festivities.
Returning alumni will have a chance to go back into the classroom with leading UM Faculty members for the Audrey Finkelstein UM Experience, an interactive education program that lets alumni share the experience of current students. They will also have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates at the reunion parties on Alumni Avenue. This block party will feature entertainment, food, and spirits and will take place on Friday, November 6th from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Stanford Circle on the Coral Gables Campus.
Rock down to the ‘Electric Avenue’ during UM's annual homecoming parade which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 6th. Grand Marshal, Bennie Blades (former defensive back for the Hurricanes from 1985-1987 and third overall pick by the Detroit Lions in 1988), UM President Donna E. Shalala, Sebastian the Ibis, the Band of the Hour and UM Cheerleaders will join 20 colorful floats on the parade route.
The spirited parade begins on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Carillo Street and continues down Stanford Drive, ending at Dickinson Drive on UM's Coral Gables campus. Families and future ‘Canes can enjoy a bounce house, games, giveaways and plenty of food at the ‘Canes Kids Village, at 5 p.m. on the University Center Patio.
Immediately following the parade will be a pep rally (8:15 p.m.) and one of UM's most cherished traditions, the boat burning ceremony and fireworks (9 p.m.) along the waterfront of Lake Osceola in the center of campus. The boat burning ceremony involves setting a wood boat on fire in the middle of the lake. The tradition states that if the mast breaks before the boat sinks, UM will win the Homecoming football game. This year's football game is against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, November 7th at Land Shark Stadium.
The Friday night festivities will be capped off with a live, high energy concert at 9:30 p.m. on the University Green featuring performances by Common with special guests the Wailers.
Reunion parties happening across campus will be held for recent graduates and UM alumni celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th and 50th class reunions. The UM Homecoming parade, boat burning ceremony and fireworks display on November 6th are free and open to the public.
For more information on Homecoming events, call UM's Alumni Association, 305-284-2872 or visit http://www6.miami.edu/alumniweekend/index.htm.
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